Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism

A tribute to the founder of the feared Ahom Dynasty ~ ‘Swargadeo Chaolung Sui-ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra’, Jorhat ‘Tea Capital of the World’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

On your visit to Assam (or rather anywhere in the World) there will always be one question on your mind – ‘What are the unique things about this place’? And you will always seek to know the answer from a local, a person who has lived here across a major part of his life. You may get many different set of answers from these small sample size of people you will choose to select. Some of the answers will be the One Horned Rhino of Assam – an endangered animal species native to Assam, the Majuli River Island – the World’s Largest inhabited River Island, the Satras of Majuli – that preach Neo Vaishnavism as propagated by Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciples, the River Brahmaputra – the only male river that flows across Assam, the Dhola-Sadiya  Bridge – India’s longest Bridge, the Oil town of Digboi – the World’s oldest operational Oil well, etc. But one common answer across all these sets of answer will be the Ahom Kingdom of Sivasagar. The Kings of Assam who were so feared during their time that even the Mighty Mughals couldn’t defeat them at the time when they were ruling the whole of India! The Ahoms although known for their ferocity were also one of the most generous of all. Their grandeur in Architecture can be witnessed at the town of Sivasagar in Assam where the like of the ‘Talatal Ghar’, the ‘Kareng Ghar’ and the ‘Rang Ghar’ can be seen.

But as history has always narrated, no kingdom becomes great without mighty leaders. From Alexander in Greece to Akbar the Great in India, these able leaders created and expanded their empire into a Global one. Not was much different here too with the Ahom Dynasty. Created by one and the legacy carried on by the other made this dynasty one of the most feared and powerful in the country! Although there were many great leaders who played a major role in building the success of this Empire, one noteworthy to be mentioned is the founder of the Ahom Dynasty. He whose praise is sung even today and who will be remembered across the memoirs of the State of Assam always – Chaolung Sukhapa!

The name “Sukafa” brings a sense of pride in every Assamese individual’s heart. Chaolung Sukhapa was the first Ahom king in medieval Assam, & was the founder of the Ahom kingdom (which is famous for defeating the Mughal empire 17 times). As I recall, he was a Tai prince originally from Mong Mao, (now in Yunnan province in Peoples Republic of China). After spending 19 years as crown prince, Sukaphaa decided to leave Mong Mao. According to tradition, his grandmother advised him thus – “no two tigers live in the same jungle, no two kings sit on the same throne.” Accordingly Sukaphaa is said to have left Chieng-Sen the capital of Mong Mao in the year 1215 AD.

He was accompanied by three queens, two sons and a daughter; chiefs from five other dependent Mongs, members of the priestly class and soldiers—a total contingent of 9,000. Some commoners are recorded as having joined this core group on the way. He traveled a long distance & entered Assam in 1228 A.D. His  journey from Yunnan to Assam passed through many places like Myitkyina, Mogaung and the upper Irrawaddy river valley and  Patkai hills among many others. On his way he stopped at various places and crossed the Khamjang River to reach the Nangyang Lake where he fought and defeated the Nagas and reached the Brahmaputra valley in the early 13th century.  The kingdom he established there existed for nearly six hundred years and in the process unified the various tribal and non-tribal peoples of the region that left a deep impact on the region. In the quest of expanding his kingdom, he reached Namrup and constructed a bridge on the Sessa River, and went along the Burhi Dihing River in order to establish a colony for wet rice cultivation. After a substantial amount of time, when he couldn’t find a suitable land, he returned downstream to Tipam. In 1236, he left Tipam for Abhaypur and in the year 1240, the area was struck by flood, which made him move again down the Brahmaputra to Habung, which is present-day Dhakuakhana. In1244,he moved down the Brahmaputra to the Dikhowmukh, because Habung was also struck by flood, and then up the Dikhow river up to Ligirigaon. Finally, in the year 1253, the capital of Ahom Kingdom was established at Charaideo, which lies close to the present-day Sibasagar and eventually initiated the mission of building a state.In honour to his position, the term ‘Chaolung’ is generally associated with his name-Chao meaning lord & Lung meaning great.

Since 1996 December 2 has been celebrated in Assam as the Sukaphaa Divas, or Asom Divas (Assam Day), to commemorate the advent of the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam after his journey over the Patkai Hills. He is also known as the first Assamese.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness Architectural Grandeurs of the Ahom Dynasty and pay tribute to the founder of the feared Ahom Dynasty ~ ‘Swargadeo Chaolung Sui-ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra’, Sivasagar and Jorhat ‘Tea Capital of the World’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Entrance to the Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Welcome to the Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Samanway Kshetra of Swargadeo Chaolung Sukapha at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Statue of Chaolung Sukapha at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Musuem that has ancient artifacts of the Ahom Dynasty at the Sui ka Pha Samanway Kshetra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The founder of the Ahom Dynasty and the first Assamese – His Highness Cholung Sukhapa. Image Source: Wikipedia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Lachit Borphukan commanding the Ahom army during the Battle of Saraighat as depicted at the Saraighat War Memorial in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Religious Ceremmony being arranged to mark the festival of Me Dam Me Phi at Margherita in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Rang Ghar at Sivasagar is Asia’s First Amphitheater and an excellent example of the Architectural might of the Ahom Dynasty

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Ancient Cannons of the Ahom Dynasty used in Warfare on display at the Talatal Ghar at Sivasagar in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Majuli Traditional Masks kept at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Hem Chandra Goswami Mask Making specialist Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Chaolung Sukapha Statue at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Statue of Chaolung Sukapha at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism

The Mighty Warriors of the feared Ahom Dynasty and the Unsung Heroes of India – Chaolung Sukapha, Lachit Borphukan and the fierce ‘Battle of Saraighat’, Sivasagar, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

On your visit to Assam (or rather anywhere in the World) there will always be one question on your mind – ‘What are the unique things about this place’? And you will always seek to know the answer from a local, a person who has lived here across a major part of his life. You may get many different set of answers from these small sample size of people you will choose to select. Some of the answers will be the One Horned Rhino of Assam – an endangered animal species native to Assam, the Majuli River Island – the World’s Largest inhabited River Island, the Satras of Majuli – that preach Neo Vaishnavism as propagated by Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciples, the River Brahmaputra – the only male river that flows across Assam, the Dhola-Sadiya  Bridge – India’s longest Bridge, the Oil town of Digboi – the World’s oldest operational Oil well, etc. But one common answer across all these sets of answer will be the Ahom Kingdom of Sivasagar. The Kings of Assam who were so feared during their time that even the Mighty Mughals couldn’t defeat them at the time when they were ruling the whole of India! The Ahoms although known for their ferocity were also one of the most generous of all. Their grandeur in Architecture can be witnessed at the town of Sivasagar in Assam where the like of the ‘Talatal Ghar’, the ‘Kareng Ghar’ and the ‘Rang Ghar’ can be seen.

But as history has always narrated, no kingdom becomes great without mighty leaders. From Alexander in Greece to Akbar the Great in India, these able leaders created and expanded their empire into a Global one. Not was much different here too with the Ahom Dynasty. Created by one and the legacy carried on by the other made this dynasty one of the most feared and powerful in the country! Although there were many great leaders who played a major role in building the success of this Empire, two (2) are always noteworthy to be mentioned. These two whose praises are sung even today and who will be remembered across the memoirs of the State of Assam always – Chaolung Sukhapa and Lachit Borphukan!

  • Chaolung Sukhapa

The name “Sukafa” brings a sense of pride in every Assamese individual’s heart. Chaolung Sukhapa was the first Ahom king in medieval Assam, & was the founder of the Ahom kingdom (which is famous for defeating the Mughal empire 17 times). As I recall, he was a Tai prince originally from Mong Mao, (now in Yunnan province in Peoples Republic of China). After spending 19 years as crown prince, Sukaphaa decided to leave Mong Mao. According to tradition, his grandmother advised him thus – “no two tigers live in the same jungle, no two kings sit on the same throne.” Accordingly Sukaphaa is said to have left Chieng-Sen the capital of Mong Mao in the year 1215 AD.

He was accompanied by three queens, two sons and a daughter; chiefs from five other dependent Mongs, members of the priestly class and soldiers—a total contingent of 9,000. Some commoners are recorded as having joined this core group on the way. He traveled a long distance & entered Assam in 1228 A.D. His  journey from Yunnan to Assam passed through many places like Myitkyina, Mogaung and the upper Irrawaddy river valley and  Patkai hills among many others. On his way he stopped at various places and crossed the Khamjang River to reach the Nangyang Lake where he fought and defeated the Nagas and reached the Brahmaputra valley in the early 13th century.  The kingdom he established there existed for nearly six hundred years and in the process unified the various tribal and non-tribal peoples of the region that left a deep impact on the region. In the quest of expanding his kingdom, he reached Namrup and constructed a bridge on the Sessa River, and went along the Burhi Dihing River in order to establish a colony for wet rice cultivation. After a substantial amount of time, when he couldn’t find a suitable land, he returned downstream to Tipam. In 1236, he left Tipam for Abhaypur and in the year 1240, the area was struck by flood, which made him move again down the Brahmaputra to Habung, which is present-day Dhakuakhana. In1244,he moved down the Brahmaputra to the Dikhowmukh, because Habung was also struck by flood, and then up the Dikhow river up to Ligirigaon. Finally, in the year 1253, the capital of Ahom Kingdom was established at Charaideo, which lies close to the present-day Sibasagar and eventually initiated the mission of building a state.In honour to his position, the term ‘Chaolung’ is generally associated with his name-Chao meaning lord & Lung meaning great.

Since 1996 December 2 has been celebrated in Assam as the Sukaphaa Divas, or Asom Divas (Assam Day), to commemorate the advent of the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam after his journey over the Patkai Hills. He is also known as the first Assamese.

  • Lachit Borphukan

When a story of a war hero is recited in Assam, the first name that pops in the mind of every Assamese is perhaps Lachit Borphukon, who is best known for the battle of Saraighat in 1671 that demolished a drawn-out attempt by Mughal forces to take back Kamrup among many others.

His father Momai Tamuli Borbarua had a humble background but evolved as the first Borbarua (Governor of upper Assam and Commander-in-Chief of the Ahom army) under Prataap Singha. Lachit Borphukan received training in humanities, scriptures and military skills.

Before being appointed as the Supreme Commander of the army, he held various posts of eminence such as Superintendent of the Royal Horses or Ghora Barua, Commander of the strategic Simulgarh Fort and Superintendent of the Royal Household Guards or Dolakasharia Barua assisting the Ahom king. The King Chakradhwaj Singha appointed Lachit as the commander in chief of the Ahom army. King Chakradhwaj Singha selected Lachit Borphukan to lead the army in the campaign against the Mughals who held Guwahati. The King presented Lachit with a gold-hafted sword (Hengdang) and the customary paraphernalia of distinction. Lachit raised the army and preparations were completed by summer of 1667. Lachit recovered Guwahati from the Mughals and successfully defended it against the Mughal forces during the Battle of Saraighat.

  • Battle of Saraighat(The Victory that was to be written in Golden words in Assamese history)

Lachit efficiently disposed his responsibilities and transformed it into strong and powerful army by the summer of 1667. In the Battle of Saraighat he headed the Ahom army which was victorious against the Mughal army. When the Mughal army attacked in Saraighat, while looking at the huge Mughal fleet under the leadership of Ram Singh I consisting of 30,000 infantry, 15,000 archers, 18,000 Turkish cavalry, 5,000 gunners and over 1000 cannons besides a large flotilla of boats the Assamese army lost their determination and will. Even though Lachit was very seriously ill he told his army to retreat if they wanted to and made it clear that he wouldn’t do so. He said “If you (the soldiers) want to flee, flee. The king has given me a task here and I will do it well. Let the Mughals take me away. You report to the king that his general fought well following his orders”. This gave a huge moral boost to the Assamese army.  His soldiers rallied and a desperate battle ensured on the river Brahmaputra. Lachit Barphukan was victorious. The Mughals were forced to retreat from Guwahati. The Mughal Commander-in-Chief, acknowledging his defeat by the Ahom soldiers and their Commander-in-chief Lachit Barphukan, wrote, “Glory to the king! Glory to the counselors! Glory to the commanders! Glory to the country! One single individual leads all the forces! Even I, Ram Singh, being personally on the spot, have not been able to find any loophole and an opportunity!”.

He died immediately after the victory due to illness. 16 km from Jorhat at the Lachit Maidam, the last remains of Lachit Borphukon are preserved. It was built in 1672 by Swargadeo Udayaditya Singha at Hoolungapara. Every year 24th November is celebrated as Lachit Divas in the state of Assam to pay tribute to general Lachit Borphukan.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Ahom Architectural Wonders at Sivasagar and pay tribute to the Mighty Warriors of the feared Ahom Dynasty and the Unsung Heroes of India – Chaolung Sukapha, Lachit Borphukan and the fierce ‘Battle of Saraighat’, Sivasagar, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The founder of the Ahom Dynasty and the first Assamese – His Highness Cholung Sukhapa. Image Source: Wikipedia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Great Warrior Lachit Borphukan of the Ahom Dynasty of Assam. Source: indiafacts.org

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
Lachit Borphukan commanding the Ahom army during the Battle of Saraighat as depicted at the Saraighat War Memorial in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Statue of Lachit Borphukan at the Lachit Borphukan Maidam near Jorhat in Assam

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Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
Ancient Cannons of the Ahom Dynasty used in Warfare on display at the Talatal Ghar at Sivasagar in Assam

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Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Battle of Sariaghat as depicited at the Sariaghat War Memorial at Guwahati

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Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Battle of Saraighat fought between Ahoms and the Mughals at Saraighat in Assam

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Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Rang Ghar at Sivasagar is Asia’s First Amphitheater and an excellent example of the Architectural might of the Ahom Dynasty

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Statues narrating the Battle of Saraighat at the Saraighat War Memorial at GUwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Talatal Ghar at Sivasgar in Assam

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Lachit Borphukan Ahom Dynasty, Ahom Dynasty Sivasagar Assam, Sivasagar Monuments, Siivasagar Tourist places, Assam Tourism Sivasagar, Architecture of Ahom Dynasty, Satras at Ahom Dynasty Assam
The Details narrating the Battle of Saraighat at Assam

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism

The Statue of Chaolung Sukapha at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Entrance to the Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

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Celebrating the Greatest Boon to Human Civilization ‘Agriculture’ – The ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ Festival of the Mishing Tribes, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

How would you feel if we tell you – “Bid Goodbye to the city hustle bustle and come lets seek a life by the Banks of one of the greatest Rivers in the World – the Mighty Brahmaputra. Lets spend our days fishing on the fresh waters of the Brahmaputra, practice the lost art of Pottery and Mask making, indulge in Organic Farming, weave out Exquisite Handicrafts of Bamboo and Cane and spend our evenings savoring freshly brewed fine local wine and Barbecued delicacies of meat and fish.” To some this piece of advice may seem to be one of the craziest in the World whereas to some it may seem like an endless pleasure to seek the utmost solace in their life. To tell the truth, this is the actual life of the Mishing Tribal people who inhabit one of the most pristine and breathtaking location in the World – the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island of Majuli surrounded by the magical waters of the River Brahmaputra. The traditional Mishing people of Assam are mostly farmers by profession and to thank the Almighty for a seasoned crop every year they celebrate the festival of ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ in February at Majuli in Assam.

The name of the festival ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ is made up of three terms, ‘Ali’, legumes, ‘Aye’, seed and ‘Ligang’, to sow summing up to add to each and every aspect of the practice of farming. The majorly cultivated crops by the Mishings are Paddy, Potatoes, Chilies, Sweet Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Sunflower, etc.

The festival begins on ‘Ligange lange’, the first Wednesday of ‘Gimur Polo’, which occurs in February in the Gregorian calendar or on Wednesday of the month of Fagun of the Assamese calendar and in the month of February in English calendar which lasts for five days. On the first day, the head of every household in the early mornings leave offerings to the Gods in the form of fruits at certain places in their fields. Every Mishing household organizes for a huge feast in the evening. The major attractions of this feast are locally brewed wine ‘Apong’, dishes cooked from fishes and pork and a special rice that cooked by wrapping it around leaves of the a special plant. Each household also make a separate offerings to their ancestors to seek their blessings. In the evenings the Mishing youth travel across the village and indulge in the household feasting.

In this festival a popular dance is performed by the young Mising people which is known as ‘Gumrag’. The formal dance of the festival starts from the easternmost house of the village and in the end it extending towards the field and the river. This dance is performed by encircling the courtyard of the house of the villagers. The songs of Ali-Aye-Ligang do not remain restricted to the songs of youth alone. The subjects and themes of the songs are varied. They include the life of a man, his sufferings in this life and his death. Apart from them, the songs describe the matters of individual love and affection including joy and pain. Mainly the songs of the festival speak of the various experiences of the Misings in their day to day life. The Music composed for these festivals consists of instruments like the drums, sifung (flutes), cymbal, gong and gungang (gagana).

The last day of festival called as ‘Lilen’ is observed with a grand community feast. During this festival, Mishings indulge in great banquet with the ‘Poro Apong’ or ‘Nogin Apong’ (homemade Rice wine) with various dishes, especially made with pork meat. ‘Purang Apin’ (packed boiled rice) is cooked in water with special leaves. This is a special dish prepared by Misings which is cooked only during Ali Aye Ligang.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to indulge in the festivities of Celebrating the Greatest Boon to Human Civilization ‘Agriculture’ – The ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ Festival of the Mishing Tribes, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

 Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

The Grand Tour of the Gateway to North East India – the Awesome State of Assam, Incredible India!

Itinerary of the Grand Tour of Awesome Assam ~

Day 1 ~

Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot the One Horned Rhinoceros of Assam, an endangered rhino breed indigenous to Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest density of one horned rhinoceros population anywhere in the world. Also, visit the Mayong Museum. Mayong is the famous land of black magic in India. Although black magic is no longer practiced, you will find relics in the museum showcasing these practices that were prevalent earlier. Also visit the Stone inscription at Burha-Mayong. This stone inscription is the longest in Asia at a length of 3.85 meters.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 ~

Early morning go for a thrilling Jeep Safari into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot the flora and fauna at Pobitora. Later in the day we will visit the ancient temples and Satras of North Guwahati. At first, we will visit the Dol Govinda temple that is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Krishna. Historical reference to this temple dates back to more than two centuries ago. Later we will visit the Assamese Vaishnavite Monestary ‘the Auniati Satra’. In the afternoon we will visit the Architectural Marvel of the Mighty Ahom Dynasty under the regime of King Shiva Singha – the ‘Aswaklanta Temple’ built in 1720 AD. Our visit will end at the Dirgheswari Temple that has rock cut images that can be traced to 11th to 12th century AD. Return to Guwahati.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel/Homestay at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~

Early morning we will visit the Holy Shrine of Goddess Kamakhya on the revered Shakti Peetha on the Nilachal Hills – the Kamakhya Temple. Offer your worship at the holiest Temple Shrine of North East India. After breakfast we will depart to the Holy Land of Hajo where we will visit the Hayagriva Madhava Temple and the Poa Makka shrine. After lunch we will drive to Suwalkuchi – ‘The Manchester of the East’ and the Silk Town of Assam. Appreciate the Grandeur of the Assam Silk at Suwalkuchi.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel/Homestay at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ~

Today we will embark on our journey to Barpeta to visit the Neo Vaishnavite Monastery of the Barpeta Satra and then will halt at the Manas National Park. Evening will be free at Leisure to visit the nearby Tea gardens.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Cottages at Manas National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 ~

Early morning take a ride into the dense jungles of the Manas National Park aboard an Elephant Safari. Later in the day we will depart to the Nameri National Park.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Cottages at Nameri National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 ~

Early morning trek to the interiors of the Nameri National Park along with a forest gaurd to admire the varied avi fauna of the National Park. Later in the day depart to the Kaziranga National Park.

Night Stay: Bonroja Motel at Kaziranga National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 ~

Early morning we will go for an Elephant Safari into the interiors of the Kaziranga National Park . A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is home to the highest population of one horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the world. Later visit the Orchid park at Kaziranga. Depart to Majuli Island.

Night Stay: Eco Resort/Homestay at Majuli Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 ~

Spend the day at Majuli visiting the Neo-Vaishnavite Satras of Majuli Island. Spend time birdwatching and also learn about the lost art of Mask making. Return to Jorhat and on the way visit the ‘Dhekiakhua Bornamghor – home to the oldest burning oil lamp in the World’.

Night Stay: Hotel MDs Continental at Jorhat

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 ~

After breakfast depart to Sivasagar – the land of the Mighty Ahom Kings. Spend your day admiring the Engineering marvels of the Talatal Ghar and the Rang Ghar at Sibasagar. Later depart to Naharkatia to the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp.

​Night Stay: Tai Phake Eco tourism Camp at Naharakatia

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 ~

Spend your day with the tribal community of the Tai Phake people and learn about their age old traditional practices. Trek along the forests and the beautiful countryside of the Ecocamp. Later in the afternoon we will depart to Tinsukia. In the evening we will visit the Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia. Arrive at the Dibru Saikhowa National Park.

Night Stay: Banashree Eco Camp at Dibru Saikhowa National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 ~

Early morning we will take a tour of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park aboard a River Cruise. Breakfast/Lunch will be served aboard the River Cruise. After the River Cruise we will visit the Nao Pukhuri at Tinsukia and depart to the Legendary Oil town of Assam at Digboi .

Night Stay: Namdang Guest House at Digboi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 ~

After breakfast visit the War Cemetery at Digboi and visit Digboi Oil town – ‘Home to the oldest operational oil refinery in the World’. Later Depart to Tipong Colliery to see the Steam Locomotives here. We will visit the historic Lekhapani Railway Station and tread along the Stilwell Road to visit the border of the State of Arunachal Pradesh. Later we will return to Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 ~

Today we will visit the Histoic Ledo Airstrip and the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Buddhist Monestary. Later experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery. Afternon we will visit the Namdang Bibi Majhar and discover the exotic tea gardens at Namdang. The day will end with your visit to Asia’s oldest plywood factory at Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 ~

In the morning we will visit the Singpho village near the Eco Lodge and learn about the practices and culture of the Singpho tribal people of Assam. Indulge in their daily activities of live like weaving on the Loom. Afternoon enjoy a traditonal cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant in Baragolai and visit India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita. This museum has many historical artefacts from the Second World War. Night halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 ~

Early morning visit the Buddhist Monestary near the Eco Lodge and after breakfast we will enjoy a short trek across the nearby tea gardens. Later you will depart to Dibrugarh Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Interesting & Unique Facts about India’s ‘Paradise Unexplored’ – the Incredible North East of India, the States of Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya!

‘Paradise Unexplored’ is how India describes its eastern most region, the North East India. And very true to this description, North East India is a land of breathtaking landscapes un-adulterated by the rapid globalization of the world economy. The region comprises of seven Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Agartala also known as the ‘Seven Sister States’.

With each of these states having more than 60% of their area under forest cover North East India comprises of a wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna. The region is the second largest hotspot (Indo-Burma) in the world having 8,000 of the total 15,000 species of flowering plants in India. There are 850 species of birds in the region – the like of white-winged wood duck, Great Indian Hornbill, Jungle-fowl, Pheasant, Siberian Crane, Indian Gray Hornbill, etc. The diversities of the animal kingdom includes the like of the famous One Horned Rhinoceros, clouded Leopards, Elephants, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Black Bear, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Capped Langur, Pygmy Hog, Pig tailed Macaque, Hollock Gibbon, etc.

North East India is home to over 200 tribes. Each tribal community have their own distinct culture and traditions. They speak different languages, have different religious practices, wear clothes with distinct patterns and also have different ways of celebrating. These celebrations form a part of their festivals where these communities performs colorful dances, showcase their traditional cuisines and source of livelihood like their agrarian practices and their handlooms and handicrafts.

Some Interesting & Unique facts about three (3) of the States of North East India are:

1| the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India:

  • Receives the first sunlight in India, hence called the ‘Land of Rising Sun’. Just like sunset in Kanyakumari, sunrise in Arunachal is wonderful view to witness.
  • It shares international borders with China, Bhutan & Myanmar.
  • The Tawang Monestary at Tawang in Arunachal is the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery in the World and the Largest in India.
  • It has the maximum number of regional languages in India
  • The Pangsau Pass is located at the Indo Burma Border near Arunachal Pradesh and is also known as the ‘Hell’s Pass’. The Historic Stilwell Road runs through the Pangsau Pass.
  • The Namdapha National Park is the third largest National Park in India and is home to the big four cat species –  Snow leopards, Clouded leopards, Common leopards and Tigers. The Majestic Hornbill Species is also sure to be spotted here.

2| the State of Assam, Incredible India:

  • It has the largest inhabited river island in the world ‘Majuli’ on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
  • It is home to the largest density of endangered one horned Rhinoceros population in the world at the ‘National Park of Kaziranga’.
  • Assam is also the birthplace of Indian Oil industry in Digboi and the Oldest operational Oil Well in the World.
  • Assam provides the largest tea production in the world.
  • Assam is also home to India’s only Coal Museum and one of the oldest coal mines in India.
  • Assam was a prime spot for the Allies in crushing the Japanese forces during World War II and the Historic Stilwell Road originates at Ledo in Assam.
  • The three famous Silks of the World ‘Muga’ (Golden), the ‘Pat’ (White) and the Warm ‘Eri’ is indigenous to Assam.
  • The ‘Kamakhya’ Temple is a revered ‘Shakti Peetha’ and is a famous Tourist attraction in the State.
  • The ‘Rang Ghar’ at Sivasagar is the first Amphitheater of Asia.
  • The State hosts the only market where Barter Trade (sale in exchange of goods) is practiced at the ‘Jonbeel Mela’ Festival.
  • ‘Mayong’ is the Magic capital of India and also home to the longest stone inscription in Asia that measures 3.95 meters.
  • The ‘Umananda’ island is the Smallest inhabited river island in the world on the mighty Brahmaputra.

3| the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!

  • Meghalaya has the World’s highest rainfall at Cherrapunji and Masynram.
  • ‘Meghalaya’ means ‘Abode of the Clouds’ and the Capital City of Shillong is called the ‘Scotland of the East’.
  • Shillong Golf link is the 2nd largest natural golf course in Asia. Shillong is also the Rock capital of India.
  • The Village of Mawlynnong was awarded the cleanest village in Asia.
  • The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji are a well known tourist attraction of the State.
  • The ‘Nohkalikai’ Falls at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.
  • The city of Shillong has India’s only Glass mosque the ‘Madina Masjid’.
  • The State of Meghalaya is the only State in India where the custom of Matrilineal society is practiced.
  • The ‘Bara Bazaar’ is one of the oldest and the largest marketplaces in North East India where most of the Shopkeepers and Traders are women.
  • Bamboo is found in abundance in Meghalaya and the extrinsic bamboo crafts of Meghalaya are renowned around the World.
  • Mawphlang is a famous site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves and is the hub of Khasi Culture in Meghalaya

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Grandeur of the States of Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya, Incredible India!

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Eco Stay at the World’s Largest River Island with the Mishing Tribes – Majuli River Island, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam, in addition to being bestowed with wonders of Nature is also rich in culture and heritage. From being the home to the fierce ‘Ahom Dynasty of Kings’ who were the only ones to beat the Mughals at the fierce ‘Battle of Saraighat’, it is also the land of the famous ‘Muga’ (Golden) and the ‘Eri’ (Ahimsa) silk. These silk are indigenous to Assam and the originals cannot be found anywhere in the world as the silk worms survive only in the climatic conditions of Assam. In addition, the World’s largest inhabited river island ‘Majuli’ and the World’s smallest inhabited river island ‘Umananda’ have made Assam their home.

The island of Majuli, has a very rich heritage and has been the abode of Assamese Vaishnavite culture with tremendous option for spiritual and eco-tourism. This island has been the cultural capital and cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The ‘Satras’ of Majuli preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other items of cultural significance. The handloom work of the tribal people of Majuli mostly the Mishings are renowned internationally. Although handloom is a major occupation of the people of Majuli it is mostly a non-commercial occupation. Weaving is exquisite and intricate with the use of a variety of colours and textures of cotton and silk, especially the Muga Silk. Fishing, dairying, pottery, boat making and mask making are the other important economic activities of this island.

The Raas Lila is an annual festival being performed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of November (Kati- Aghun) during the autumn season. It is not known for certain in which ‘Satra’ Rasa Lila was first introduced in Majuli as a performing festival. During this festival the ‘Satras’ draw a large number of people. The Raas Lila is the story of the life of Lord Krishna presented in the performing art form. Virtually everyone from this tinsel town participates in this festival like children acting in plays, teachers lending voice to the characters, business men and government employees reciting hymns and songs. The Raas Leela at Majuli is like an all night long extravaganza with no ad breaks where everybody’s eyes are glued to the performances of the talented artists in the World’s largest inhabited river island.

At Majuli, although there are many options of stay with the locals one noteworthy accommodation is that of La Maison de Ananda. Staying at the eco-friendly property of La Maison de Ananda is definitely the best way to experience local culture and hospitality. Constructed by a French couple, Jim Chauvin and Maka Korbaa in 2005, it is now looked after by the head caretaker Monjit Risong, who lives next door with his family, and a small, affable staff. The other half of the eco-friendly property across the lane, built a few years later and renovated last year, is the contribution of an Englishman, Ian McCarthy. The cottages and rooms (except for one concrete cottage) have all been built of bamboo and stand on stilts, replicating the traditional houses of the local Mishing community. The in-house restaurant serves some delicious Assamese and Mishing cuisine and even a glass of the local rice brew, apong, on request. While here, visit the Neo-Vaishnavite monasteries to learn about Assamese culture, opt for birdwatching or a boat ride in Luit Ghat or rent a cycle to make your way towards small streams that lie across paddy fields and make for perfect sunset spots. Monjit gladly guides guests to local festivals and around Mishing villages on request, showing you sides of the island that not many travellers have seen.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to experience Eco Stay at the World’s Largest River Island with the Mishing Tribes at Majuli, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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The beautiful River Island of Majuli – the World’s largest inhabited River Island. Source: wikipedia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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The Mishing Tribal People of Majuli known to weave out exquisite wonders with their loom

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

Le Maision Majuli
La Maison de Ananda at Majuli. Source: natgeotraveller.in

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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La Maison de Ananda at Majuli. Source: natgeotraveller.in

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Eco tourism homestay and cottages at Majuli. Source: natgeotraveller.in

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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The Art of Mask Making at Majuli – the World’s largest inhabited River Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Beginning of festivities at the Majuli Raas Leela Festival in Assam. Source: majulilandscape.in

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Artist performing at the Raas Leela Festival in Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Local people from the Satras performing at the Majuli Raas Leela Festival. Source: assaminfo.com

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Artist performing at the Raas Leela Festival in Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Lovely country side of Majuli Island ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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The MV Mahabaahu River Cruise plying on the river Brahmaputra ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Inside the rooms of the La Maison De Ananda at Majuli Island ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Rooms of the cottages at La Maison De Ananda at Majuli Island ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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The beautiful view of the sky and the river Brahmaputra ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Inside the rooms of the cottages at La Maison De Ananda at Majuli Island ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Cruising on the river Brahmaputra ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Rooms of the cottages at Risong Family Cottage at Majuli Island ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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Traditional Chang ghar at Majuli Island ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

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The beautiful view of the river Brahmaputra ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Majuli Island

The Life of Lord Krishna depicted in an Art form – The ‘Raas Leela’ Festival, Majuli Island, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam, in addition to being bestowed with wonders of Nature is also rich in culture and heritage. From being the home to the fierce ‘Ahom Dynasty of Kings’ who were the only ones to beat the Mughals at the fierce ‘Battle of Saraighat’, it is also the land of the famous ‘Muga’ (Golden) and the ‘Eri’ (Ahimsa) silk. These silk are indigenous to Assam and the originals cannot be found anywhere in the world as the silk wormed survive only in the conditions of Assam. In addition, the world’s largest inhabited river island ‘Majuli’ and the world smallest inhabited river island ‘Umananda’ have made Assam their home.

The island of ‘Majuli’, has a very rich heritage and has been the abode of Assamese ‘Vaishnavite’ culture with tremendous option for spiritual and Eco tourism. This island has been the cultural capital and cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The ‘Satras’ of Majuli preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelry and other items of cultural significance. Pottery made in Majuli is from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood fired kilns in the same mode carried out by the people of the ancient Harappan cilvilization. The hand loom work of the tribal people of Majuli mostly the ‘Mishings’ are renowned internationally. Although hand loom is a major occupation of the people of Majuli it is mostly a non-commercial occupation. Weaving is exquisite and intricate with the use of a variety of colors and textures of cotton and silk, especially the ‘Muga’ Silk. Fishing, dairying, pottery, boat making and mask making are the other important economic activities of this island.

The ‘Raas Leela’ is an annual festival being performed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of November (Kati- Aghun) during the autumn season. Although it is not known for certain in which ‘Satra’ Raas Leela was first introduced in Majuli as a performing festival but this festival draws a large number of people from across the ‘Satras’ of Majuli. The ‘Raas Leela’ is the story of the life of Lord Krishna presented in the performing art form. Virtually everyone from this tinsel town participates in this festival like children acting in plays, teachers lending voice to the characters, business men and government employees reciting hymns and songs. The ‘Raas Leela’ at Majuli is like an all night long extravaganza with no ad breaks where everybody’s eyes are glued to the performances of the talented artists in the World’s largest inhabited river island.

Jungleideas welcomes you to the North East India and be a part of the ‘Raas Leela Festival’ – The Life of Lord Krishna depicted in an Art form at Majuli, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

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The beautiful River Island of Majuli – the World’s largest inhabited River Island. Source: wikipedia

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Raas Leela Festival, Kaziranga Majuli Tour, Homestay Majuli, Awesome Assam
Traditional Masks of Majuli used during traditional art forms ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Raas Leela Festival, Kaziranga Majuli Tour, Homestay Majuli, Awesome Assam
The Sattriya Nritya of Majuli is one among the eight classical dance forms of India ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

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The Lost Art of Traditional Mask Making of Majuli ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

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A Neo Vaishnavite Monk of Majuli preparing to offer his prayers ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

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Bhauna being performed during the Raas Leela Festival of Majuli ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

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The Uttar Kamalabari Satra at Majuli is famous for the practice of Sattriya Nritya ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

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Artists performing a Bhauna wearing Traditional Masks of Majuli ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Raas Leela Festival, Kaziranga Majuli Tour, Homestay Majuli, Awesome Assam
Enjoy sunset by the River Brahmaputra at Majuli ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

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Traditional fishing by the Brahmaputra at Majuli ~ Majuli Island ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

 

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Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar